My New Home

8/14/2014 04:02:00 AM

Last week while I'm on site at Tiny House Renovation, I was looking around observing the framework and posts slowly inching up, thinking "this is it, this is going to be our house." That very same night, the bf and I were again on site, and we had the very same thought.. "The posts are SLOWLY inching up!" Naaatat nako!! Haha.. and that same scene and conversation went on each night after that. I'm so anxious to get past this structural part and dive in into the finishing stage (never had I been so excited to shop for tiles and grout!), I feel like it's taking too long, but in reality, we were just three weeks in. But I guess that's part of this whole build your house thing, you can do and have exactly what you want for the house, but you have to be patient, very very patient... WHICH I'M NOT.

This was taken from the roof of the main house. That's the formwork for the third floor extension. On the left would be the stairs / powder room, middle part would be the kitchen / dining, and on the right would be the living area, where our future chesterfield sofa would be. You see how anxious I am?? From formworks to furniture! Haha... 

I'll share more details of the second and third week progress sometime soon, because this post is not really about the Tiny House. Yeah, that was just me doing a little introduction and I got carried away. 

Since I'm ever so impatient about our real house, I did find myself a new home online. Notice something different? :)

I can't do anything much to speed up our house, but this blog? I'm on it. I've wanted to do this for a long time now, change the blog name that is. But I never got around to it for so many reasons (I've had it for more than 3 years, readers might feel alienated, I don't know what name I wanted, it takes work and I'm lazy haha). But as we're building the house, I felt the urge to finally do it. 

Why do I want to do this switch you ask? I love SWITCHEROOm the first time I came up with it. I felt oh so witty using wordplay and adding that "m" to the term switcheroo. I thought I nailed it. And I think I did. But the thing is, some people don't get it. I guess it's not that obvious. I saw someone linking up to this blog using "SWITCH A ROOM", or when someone ask me what my blog is, the conversation goes something like this:
me: ""
someone: "switch room dot com??"
me: "no,"
someone: "Oh, switch a room dot com."

True story.

It's frustrating and I kinda fell out of love with my blog name. I love the blog itself, but the name? Uhmm.. it could be better. Which is quite sad because that is my web identity, my brand, or whatever. I wanted to have something I love. I'm not sure if that contributed to the neglect of this blog, I didn't feel connected nor inspired. Or maybe I'm just too lazy busy. Whatever it is, it's not good.

So the quest to find a blog name ensued. I remember I always wanted to incorporate the word "happy" since that's what I am, that's the vibe I wanted this blog to have, and generally, I want people to be happiest in their own home. Regardless if you live in a mcmansion or a simple little house, do whatever you can to make you (and the people you live with) happy being in it. 

I'm not sure why I didn't end up with a "happy" blog name to begin with since that's what I really wanted. I guess some names that I liked were already taken, or maybe I thought of SWITCHEROOm and had that "this is it" moment and forgot all about it. 

Anyway, I asked the bf for name suggestions even before I told him about the mandatory "happy" word, well, he got some.... 





and my most favorite of all..


Hahahahaha... he got some more but I left my notes, so maybe I'll add to this very insightful list of his. Seriously though, he got some nice suggestion but it just didn't clicked. Then lo and behold, he told me "What about Decor Me Happy?"

Something in me felt right about it, I was quiet, really thinking about that name. Do I really really want it? Would I change my mind in 3 years? Turns out, I LOVE it. It felt more me. So off I went and checked if the domain is available. It is! Bought it right then and there. (THANK YOU BF!)

I spent the next two nights doing some design tweaks, updating the blog, and changing the url altogether. And here we are, my new home.

Was I afraid that I might lose some readership though google search / pinterest links and such? Umm, not so much. It would affect pageviews and all, but those are just passersby who saw some image, checked the site, and left.  As they say, few good friends are better than many acquaintances. :)

So to those "friends" I have, do stick with me as this blog will be better. I'm more excited about it now more than ever (wow rhyming! haha). As we build our tiny house, I'll be sharing our progress, choices, ups and downs, and all the fun and not so fun bits in between. As more projects come in (thank God for all this:) ), I'll be sharing ideas, inspiration, and project reveals more often. The bf and I have a lot of DIY ideas for the furnishing of the tiny house, I of course, would share all that too! Tidbits of my everyday life would be seen here as well, I wanted you guys to know me, not just our house or my projects. Don't worry, I won't be sharing what we ate for breakfast or any OOTD (unless you're interested? Haha!), just my life as a decorator / home "owner" that can maybe inspire, or help you have a happy home. That's the dream right?

And on that note, here's something a little personal for you...
the bf and I

See? We're happy! Or surprised? Angry? (He'll kill me if he sees this here haha.. hi yuseff!)

While the tiny house is still in (snail pace) progress, I built myself a new home in two days. And I'm so HAPPY about it, can't you tell? :) So please feel at home and drop by anytime you want, no notice necessary. And while you're at it, a comment or two would be much appreciated, 'coz I wanted to know if I do really have "friends" here or I'm just some weirdo talking to myself. Though I must say, it's kinda therapeutic.

So dear friends, what do you think of the new name and the updated look? Love it? Hate it? Don't care about it? You can be honest, I won't bite. :)


  1. new hardware (ongoing) and software homes...nice! i like your new logo, simple but elegant. good job and good luck to the house construction =)...i'm also excited on the outcome of your house's interior!!!!

    1. The interior is a looong way ahead, but we'll get there. Eventually. Thank you! :)

  2. You are really an inspiration Elle Uy! love the new name <3 <3 <3

  3. I like the new look, very fresh! looking forward to seeing your house take shape.

  4. I've been silently reading your blog for around 3 years now. I think I started when I was on leave during my pregnancy. I backread your entries re: renovating your family home and I was hooked ever since. I always check your blog kahit na minsan weeks ka hindi nagpopost. Hihi. I dont usually comment, but I just want to say that I'll continue checking out your blog (kahit na nga nagrereview ako for the bar exams ngayon). I like the new feel of your blog. It definitely exudes happy vibes. :)

    1. Hi Mary, thank you for finally "speaking up"... hope more silent readers would say hi as well. It's really nice to know that people appreciates the blog. But I'm guilty of this too as I don't comment to the blogs I read, haha.. I guess what goes around, comes around? Haha.. Anyway, thanks for always dropping by, and don't worry, dadalas na ang post ko! :)

  5. I like the new name and your new header - simple yet may impact.. galing! :) More success come your way!


Thanks for dropping by. I'd love to hear what you think! :)

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